|Busy 'with' or 'about'|
from Malaysia writes:
'What are you busy with?' or 'What are you busy about?' Which sentence is correct?
|I have not heard 'What are you busy about?' before and find it unnatural.|
|'What are you busy with?' as in 'What are you busy with this morning?' is fine as a question, but I don't think you would repeat busy with in your reply. Instead, if you were a university lecturer, you might say: 'Oh, I've got so much to do. I've got essays to mark and reports to write and then I've got to go to the Dean's reception before lunch!'|
|You often use busy directly with the present participle, as in: 'I was busy ironing when Jeremy arrived.' No preposition is then required.|